Grateful Dead Live at Harding Theater on 1971-11-07
SBD : Pre-FM Reel > DAT > CD; via Seth Kaplan
Subject: The Other One-> Me & My Uncle WOW
Subject: Cumberland Blues
Subject: crank Playin'
Subject: A Relaxing Time With The Family
A few years later I asked Jerry why he had abandoned using the Strat and he said because it was difficult for him to keep them in tune, but that he much preferred the Strat tone over the Gibson's. This is what led him to the Wolf guitar which was a Gibson head with a Strat heart. Eventually he abandoned the Wolf for primarily the Tiger because of the midi capability of these later axes. I would venture to say that if he'd been able to instill more of the Strat tone into the Tiger, he would have been very pleased. Don't get me wrong, The Tiger is an amazing guitar with a wonderful tone, but it never had the tone that the Wolf, or his earlier Strats had, IMHO.
Besides Jerry, the entire band is really tight and both taking and making cues all night long.
This was an invitation only concert for the extended family and I was lucky enough to attend both unforgettable nights.
Can't say which version is better. They are both just okay recording-wise, but definitely listenable.
I wrote a review on the other version. You should read it -- it's a pretty good review -- if I say so myself. I was inspired. This was one of the best nights of my life.
THe only caveat I'll note here is Brown-Eyed Women - there are too many glitches, pops, and dropouts to be able to enjoy it; frustrating, but, kids, even without it this show gets close to three and a half hours of absolute beauty, distorted piano and all - gimme gimme!
And, yes, that Other One does indeed "play" Me and My Uncle - you really have to listen to this to understand what everyone's talking about - I've never really heard anything like it before nor since - it's as if that cowboy tune is sort of superimposed over the jam, or it's being pushed by a swirling jet-stream of sound back into oblivion - they did that abrupt turn away from the cowboy tune many times as a sort of gimmick in '71-'72, but this one has something frightening going on with it...
This may be the best overall show of '71.
Subject: Honky Tonk Piano
The Wikipedia reference given below refers more to a style of music that is referred to as Honky-Tonk. A Honky-Tonk Piano is an actual instrument. However there is no Honky-Tonk brand name, nor is there a Honky-Tonk model from any piano manufacturer. A Honky-Tonk piano can be any brand or manufacture of piano but it is almost always an upright instead of a grand. A Honky-Tonk piano is a piano that is gloriously out of tune! A piano that is out of tune in such a way that it is actually an enhancement to the music being played. You cannot ask your piano tuner to tune it that way, he will not know how. They are not made. They just happen. there are a few factors involved with changes in weather & humidity as well as not having been tuned for a very long time being the prime factors.
Sure adds a sweet touch t this performance. Ya gotta love it.
Subject: Gestalt Linkage
Subject: Beyond Description....
The Dark Star is great. Especially Phil after the verse, he is really driving and pushing this song. Into a Drums and The Other One that is fantastic.
About this point I found myself saying one of a few things I thought I would never say, "that Me and My Uncle kicked ass." I dig the tune, but this one has a mean groove to it that I don't ever remember hearing in it. And then back into some psychedelic Other One that just pushed the envelope a little further.
This is one of those shows that will make you smile.
Peace. Jesus Saves.
Subject: Keith's sound still has some distortion from last night..hmm.
I guess when you try to mic an accoustic piano and make is as loud as Jerry and Phil, you are confronted with some technical issues; especially if it's 1971 and you are at the Harding Theater in San Francisco and drugs are everywhere.
The sound people do a better job than last night, but that ain't sayin much. Keith gets drowned out this night too. Oh, well...It is a great show if you can concentrate on the music, and not the technical issues and the horrible way Keith is amplified.
By the time "Me and Bobby McGee" is performed the sound guys get Keith's piano working properly, TG.
The rest of the show is fantastic and Keith can be heard without distortion. Another example of the DEAD's abilty to focus on the music.
You could compile songs from both nights and have ONE great recording of THE DEAD from this venue without the distortion noise from Keiths piano. Thanks for making boths shows available to us. Thanks for the Love.
Subject: Even The Tune-Up Jams Are Epic..
Subject: HOT SHOW
Subject: don't let sound bring you down.
Subject: I Was There
I could swear Jerry introduced one song with "here's one for you Poco fans" but I have no idea what it was.
Anyway, together they were the best shows I ever saw out of a hundred or so.
Subject: Top Quality
Subject: Another one I wish I'd Got
Love the honkeytonk piano! all around great show.
Subject: Cracklin' Good !
There is no distortion in the piano feed - it is quite clear. Keith is playing a Honky Tonk Piano - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honky_tonk
(This is unlike the previous night, where there were serious problems with the piano feed, which no doubt cause some to assume that those problems continued into the following night - which actually rarely occurs.)
The first disk is excellent, it cools a little through the middle part (although still fine), and then the NFA-GDTRFB-NFA is outstanding and not to be missed.
Subject: right on
For all those who say this is not the best show of 71, I agree... that honor, IMHO is not 4/29, its 8/6. :)
Subject: treats my ears!
Subject: Definately not 5 Stars
Subject: 2nd place
Subject: Do it
Best Dead show ever? I am beginning to think so.
The best NFA>GDTRFB>NFA for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just my 2 cents of course.
Subject: Rough sound but worth every penny
Sound is an issue though- this is NOT a show to kick back to with the headphones on. There is a good amount of dropouts, distortion, and muddiness. HOWEVER- due to the performance, I would still suggest this to anyone! I give it a 5 for performance and a 3 for sound.
Subject: PHAT SHOW!!!!
Subject: Too Good To Describe!
Subject: Top 5!!
Dr. Flasback ;-)
Subject: not quite crystal
Subject: Wonderful Performance
This Pre-FM source has several dropouts in Brown Eyed Woman which aren't present on the broadcast version I have. Also, the piano on this Pre-FM is pretty distorted for most of the show. It's mildly annoying to say the least. Of course the overall sound quality of the Pre-FM version is better than my broadcast tapes, less hiss and cleaner overall.
However the dropouts and piano distortion drop this to 4 stars.
Subject: A top 5 show in my book
Subject: Download this show
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